This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner
Doctor Fox looked at Elizabeth as he chewed, and nodded and smiled. She must be nearly forty now, like Dex. Thank God they were never foolish enough to marry, though no doubt Dexter had poked her when they were students. He felt like laughing. She was quite plainly not the marrying kind. Children out of the question. He saw her wide open eyes, her nervous nostrils, her desire to impress, something fancy and successful about her, and yet he felt sure she was the kind of woman who’d throw round terms like the orthodox feminist position. He washed down the crumbs with a swig of coffee and waited for her to speak. He guessed what she would say. She did. ‘Isn’t Mrs Fox here?’
How sociable. He remembered her at nineteen. She made him an omelette for lunch when his wife was out, a clumsy act of duty, and called him to come and eat it, but he was upstairs nutting out a score and neither answered nor came till the food was cold and flat. She glowered at him from the scullery. The young women liked his wife more than they did him.
‘No. My wife’s at home. And that’s where I’m going.’
His cultivated vowels: mai waife. She longed to whip the serviette out of his collar.
Does "the kind of woman who’d throw round terms like the orthodox feminist position." means "the kind of woman who speak like feminist and use words like theorthodox feminist position. "?
Is "the orthodox feminist position" the name of group of feminists?
Am I right in understanding the other part in bold?
Does "a clumsy act of duty" mean "she had cooked a food without skill and the food was not cooked well"?
Does "nutting out a score" mean "maybe he was thinking to find a solution to get rid of her"?
Dose "score" refer to music?
nut something out is an Australian English, New Zealand English, informal verb and mean "to calculate something or find the answer to something."
- Does "cultivated vowels" mean "his educated way of speaking in pronouncing vowel letters"